The 2019 Mississippi State football season is right around the corner as the Bulldogs take on Louisiana in 12 days at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Today’s spotlighted player is #12 Isaiah Zuber.
Zuber was a three-star prospect out of Stone Mountain, Georgia. The 6-foot, 190-pounder played at Stephenson High School, the same school that produced former MSU players Preston Smith and Montez Sweat and current Bulldog Chauncey Rivers.
He totaled 879 receiving yards and nine touchdowns during his prep career. He also totaled 470 yards and six touchdowns as a punt returner and 1,110 yards and nine touchdowns as a kickoff returner. He led the Jaguars to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the state playoffs. He earned all-region and all-county accolades for his work on special teams while he was named to the sub-region team as a wide receiver.
Zuber first committed to Kansas State on June 5, 2014. Zuber signed with the Wildcats on Feb. 4, 2015.
He redshirted in his first year on campus with the Wildcats. He then played in 38 games with Kansas State in his three years, including 20 starts. Zuber caught 127 passes for 1,321 yards and 11 touchdowns during his time with the Wildcats.
Last season, Zuber led the Wildcats with 52 receptions and 619 receiving yards while also scoring six touchdowns. He was also the Wildcats’ primary punt and kickoff returner, averaging 17.8 yards on 10 punt returns with a touchdown and 16.3 yards on 19 kickoff returns. He led the Big 12 in punt-return average and ranked sixth in kickoff-return average. Ironically, he made two catches for 11 yards last season against the Bulldogs when State beat the Wildcats 31-10 on Sept. 8, 2018.
As a junior, the Stone Mountain native played in every game with the Wildcats, including 11 starts. He totaled a team-leading 51 receptions for 510 yards and four touchdowns.
He leaves Kansas State eighth in school history with 127 catches and was also top 10 with 11 touchdowns.
Coming into the 2019 season, Zuber brings immediate impact to the Bulldogs. The MSU pass offense ranked No. 13 out of 14 Southeastern Conference teams last season and ranked No. 112 out of 130 total FBS schools. Zuber is competing with senior Brian Cole II for a return spot and is likely going to handle the punt return duties for the Bulldogs. He’s also hoping to be the starting slot receiver and has been working with the second team behind senior Deddrick Thomas.
The Bulldogs are in dire need of some help in the passing game. Zuber might just be the spark that they need.